The Snapdragon has been one of the most preferred processors for almost all the prominent smartphone manufacturers. Continually developing the newer versions of its processors to cater to the ever-growing demands of the smartphone consumers and the manufacturers from entry-level to flagships. For 2019, Qualcomm has planned two modern successors to its line-up of acclaimed processors. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 vs 855 are the two excellent processors coming up quite soon and will power the new flagships. How do these two new age processors compare with each other? Let us check out in detail in the following paragraphs.
Snapdragon 845 – An Overview
|SoC||SD 845 (Rumoured)||SD 835||SD 821|
Octa Core (Unconfirmed)
4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280
X20 LTE modem
Octa Core CPU
4x 2.45GHz Kryo 280
X16 LTE modem
|Quad Core: 4x 2.40 GHz Kryo (Custom)
X12 LTE modem
|GPU||Adreno 640||Adreno 540||Adreno 530|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB dual-channel LPDDR4x||Up to 8 GB dual-channel LPDDR4x||Up to 8 GB dual-channel LPDDR4x @1866MHz|
|Manufacturing Technology||7 nm FinFET||10 nm FinFET||10 nm FinFET|
|Camera||Dual rear camera 12 MP, 7 MP front camera||12 MP rear camera and 7 MP front camera||Up to 28 Mp single x2 PDAF (12 Bit)|
Of course, it is just the name of the processor that we have at present. The processor that is set to power a few of the flagships of the year in 2018 was announced, but there were no indications about what it will come packed with and the specifications thereof.
Even now, we do not have reliable information available about what it will come up with. However, you have access to a few details as of now. Let us find what it plans to come up with.
Security at its Best
A processor as we refer to it is not a monolithic processor. It is a chip (SoC) on which different processors are fabricated together as a package. The corrected term that one should use is the SoC or “System on Chip.” Qualcomm has been adding different processors on its SoCs over the years for enhancing both performance and functionality. Some examples are image signal processors and Digital signal processors that we have been observing in the previous versions of Snapdragon processors.
The 845 will be the first processor to offer a dedicated SPU – Secure Processing Unit. This will help protect all your data, and that will include everything right from fingerprints, iris, mobile payments, SIM, and more. The SPU will be independent of other processors and systems thus making it stay safer from hacking attempts.
High-end Audio Video
Smartphones are equipped with HDR capability, but capturing the quality videos in 4K has so far been the prerogative of the professionals. However, the Snapdragon 845 improves its signal processing unit.
It can now capture 4K videos in 60 fps without hiccups. This will help you get images and videos that are crisp clear with better contrast, details, and colors. The slow motion to receives a boost with slow motion shoots supported at 480 fps and 240 fps at 720p and 1080p.
Better machine Learning
The AI is taking shape and is practically taking every aspect of our life into its fold, and smartphone processors need to focus on it. Snapdragon 845 realizes the need and improves the performance of machine learning with the aid of Hexagon 685 digital processor. It will be able to analyze and identify the objects as defined by your camera using cognitive services.
Faster WiFi and Network Performance
The phones want to be future ready. Connectivity is the name of the game. So your new processor needs to acquire the skills. The new Snapdragon 845 gest the latest X20 LTE modem onboard. It will support speeds up to 1.2 Gbps.
Snapdragon 855 – What Does it Come With?
While Snapdragon 845 may be seen powering the Samsung’s latest flagship is the form of Galaxy S9 and S9+, Qualcomm is already developing the next generation of processors. Well, yes – we are talking about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
While Snapdragon 845 is set to be using the 10nm manufacturing process, Qualcomm is believed to be working on developing a 7 nm technology for the Snapdragon 855. It is supposed to have several improvements over the Snapdragon 845 if rumors come true. The speculations indicate the possibilities of enhanced machine learning and AI capabilities than those on the Snapdragon 845.
The next processor will be offering you a 7nm chip. It is expected to be available on the Samsung Galaxy S10 which probably will be the first phone to feature it if everything goes as per the speculations. One of the additional changes we may find on the Snapdragon 855 as compared to the Snapdragon 845 is the use of anew LTE modem in the form of X24. The technology has been unveiled only recently. We would expect the new Snapdragon 855 chipset to offer the functionality. If it does, you can expect the download speeds of around 2Gbps. The technology may not be available on the Snapdragon 845 as yet as it has been rumored to come with X20 LTE modem.
Leaks from Qualcomm indicate the options like around 40 percent hike in better performance and improved efficiency regarding power efficiency. The Snapdragon 855 devices are expected to bring in fingerprint scanners with ultrasonic speeds. Of course, the technology is already available on the Snapdragon 845, but we would expect the technology to go into becoming a usual tendency in 2019.
Please note that the points we have included concerning the Snapdragon 855 are purely speculative as the Snapdragon 845 has not yet been launched.
The Concluding Thoughts
There are perfect indications available for the upcoming Snapdragon 845 and its features. However, Qualcomm is still developing the SoC, and the final picture will only be apparent after the actual development and deployment of the processor.
In such a scenario, it is even more challenging to find information on the new Snapdragon 855. So, we would wish to warn our readers that all while the information contained herein concerning the features on Snapdragon 845 would be almost possible, the information on Snapdragon 855 need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Before we conclude this discussion, let us make it clear once again that most of the updates about the Snapdragon 845 as presented here come with a possibility of seeing the light of the day, the same cannot be stated about the Snapdragon 855. Things about the latest iteration of the Snapdragon SoC will only be cleared after the Snapdragon 855 is announced and made available.